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October Programs at the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park

The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. These programs are offered free of charge unless otherwise indicated. All programs this autumn will require advanced registration so that we can manage social distancing. Face coverings are required at all these events.  Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled.  It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out. These events are available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, home school groups and other groups are available and scheduled separately by special arrangement. Phone: (609) 737-0609

 

FULL MOON BIKE HIKE (pre-teen-adult) Friday Oct 2, 7:45 p.m. Take a guided night time bicycle ride, by the light of the Harvest Moon, up the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath toward the Lambertville wing dam (approx. 13 miles round trip). Meet at the Nelson House parking lot. Bring your own bike, bike light and helmet. Advanced registration required. Call the Nature Center for directions. Free.

 

FAMILY NATURE WALK  (all ages) Sunday October 4, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Join us for an informal naturalist-guided trail walk. Advanced Registration Required. Free.

 

TOMAHAWK THROWING (adults) Sunday October 11, 1:30 -3:30 p.m. Come on out and try your hand at sticking a tomahawk or small hatchet into a target at about 15 ft. Maybe even hit a bull's-eye. Advanced Registration Required Free.

 

HIKE MILFORD BLUFFS (pre-teen-adult) Sunday October 18, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Milford Bluffs in Holland Twp., is a relatively recent acquisition to the state park system. It contains mature hardwood forests, agricultural fields and interesting rock outcrops. The terrain is gently rolling and rugged with commanding views of the Delaware Valley. Wear sturdy shoes, bring drinking water and lunch. The hike will be 2-3 miles in length. Meet at Niederer's Pond on Church Rd. We will carpool (approx. 45 min ride) to the preserve (call the Nature Center for directions). Advanced registration required. Free.

 

PARK FOLIAGE HIKE  (9 yrs. - adult) Sunday October 25,  1:30 - 4:00 p.m.  This is a naturalist-guided 3 1/2 - 4 mile hike taking on the park's natural and historic areas, and several interesting and remote sections of the park during the fall foliage season.  Wear sturdy footwear.  Bring drinking water, a snack and a pair of binoculars (if you wish). Advanced Registration Required. Free.

October Programs at the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park

The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. These events are available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, home school groups and other groups are available and scheduled separately by special arrangement. These programs are offered free of charge unless otherwise indicated. Some of these events will require advanced registration as specified below.  Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled.  It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out.  Phone: (609) 737-0609

 

 

TYROLEAN TRAVERSE (6- 12 yrs.)  Saturday October 5, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Tyrolean Traverse is a mountain rescue technique for crossing gorges and canyons on a horizontally suspended rope. In this case, willing (or not) participants will be pulling themselves across the Nature Center's vernal pond infested with killer frogs and tadpoles and genuine New Jersey crocodiles. (see the video posted on the WCSP Facebook page) The event will be ongoing throughout the afternoon, weather permitting. Come prepared to get wet, just in case. This is a kid-event however, adult human guinea pigs will be considered if they're not too heavy. Just come into the Nature Center and request the traverse. Free

 

IN SEARCH OF SHALE (all ages) Sunday October 6, 1:30 p.m. Find out where the Indians of Central New Jersey would travel in search of the stone materials they needed for making their tools and weapons. Learn why some of the most abundant varieties of shale in the area were so extensively used by the Indians.  A short presentation will be given at the Nature Center by long-time WCSP volunteer instructor, Jim Wade. Actual Indian stone tool artifacts, from Mr. Wade's collection, will be shown. This will be followed by a short trail hike to one of the local shale deposits and outcrops and possibly other locations of interest in the park. Free.

 

 

TOMAHAWK THROWING (adults) Saturday October 12, 1:00 -3:30 p.m. Come on out and try your hand at sticking a tomahawk or small hatchet into a target at about 15 ft. Maybe even hit a bull's-eye. Free.

 

HIKE MILFORD BLUFFS (pre-teen-adult) Saturday October 26, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Milford Bluffs in Holland Twp., is a relatively recent acquisition to the state park system. It contains mature hardwood forests, agricultural fields and interesting rock outcrops. The terrain is gently rolling and rugged with commanding views of the Delaware Valley. Wear sturdy shoes, bring drinking water and lunch. The hike will be 2-3 miles in length. Meet at Niederer's Pond on Church Rd. We will carpool (approx. 45 min ride) to the preserve (call the Nature Center for directions). Advanced registration required. Free.

 

October Programs at the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park

The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. These events are available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, home school groups and other groups are available and scheduled separately by special arrangement. These programs are offered free of charge unless otherwise indicated. Some of these events will require advanced registration as specified below. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled.  It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out.  Phone: (609) 737-0609

 

 

PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGIES DAY (all ages)  Saturday October 7, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Archaeologists and primitive technologists from throughout the region will be on hand demonstrating and discussing a variety of primitive skills that local Native Americans and indigenous people from throughout the world practiced in prehistoric times. Stone tool making, fire building, edible and useful plants, primitive weapons and traps, and possibly more will all be included.

 

LOCKATONG FALLS HIKE  (preteens – adult) Sunday October 14, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Lockatong Creek in Delaware Twp. has many interesting cascades and rock outcrops along its banks. We will drive to the Lockatong Wildlife Management Area and follow the White Trail loop from the parking area, down to the falls and back (approx. 3 miles).Meet at Niederer's Pond on Church Rd. We will carpool to the Wildlife Management Area (call the Nature Center for directions).

 

HIKE MILFORD BLUFFS (pre-teen-adult) Saturday October 20, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Milford Bluffs in Holland Twp., is a relatively recent acquisition to the state park system. It contains mature hardwood forests, agricultural fields and interesting rock outcrops. The terrain is gently rolling and rugged with commanding views of the Delaware Valley. Wear sturdy shoes, bring drinking water and lunch. The hike will be 2-3 miles in length. Meet at Niederer's Pond on Church Rd. We will carpool (approx. 45 min ride) to the preserve (call the Nature Center for directions). Advanced registration required.

 

PARK FOLIAGE HIKE  (9 yrs. - adult) Sunday October 28,  1:30 - 4:30 p.m.  This is a naturalist-guided 3 1/2 - 4 mile hike taking on the park's natural and historic areas, and several interesting and remote sections of the park during the fall foliage season.  Wear sturdy footwear.  Bring drinking water, a snack and a pair of binoculars.

October Programs at the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park

The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. These events are available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, home school groups and other groups are scheduled via phone call by special arrangement. These programs are offered free of charge unless otherwise indicated. Some of these events will require advanced registration as specified below.  Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled.  It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out.  Phone: (609) 737-0609

 

PERU – HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY AND CULTURE (All Ages) Sunday October 1, 1:30 p.m. Peru is becoming one of the leading tourist destinations in the Americas, and is much more than Machu Pichu!  This third largest country in South America is home to the oldest civilization found in the Americas as well as a unique and varied geography including rain forests, volcanic mountains, deserts, and the highest navigable lake in the world.  Join Park Volunteer, Paul Moran, as he describes a recent trip to Peru, the land of the Incas and the Spanish conquistadors and a growing tourist mecca featuring a history spanning 4500 years.

 

FULL MOON BIKE HIKE (pre-teen-adult) Thursday October 5, 6:45 p.m. Take a guided night time bicycle ride, by the light of the Hunter's Moon, up the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath toward the Lambertville wing dam (approx. 13 miles round trip). Meet at the Nelson House parking lot. Bring your own bike, bike light and helmet. Advanced registration required. Call the Nature Center.

 

PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGIES WEEKEND (all ages)  Saturday October 7 and Sunday October 8, 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Archaeologists and primitive technologists from throughout the region will be on hand demonstrating and discussing a variety of primitive skills that local Native Americans and indigenous people from throughout the world practiced in prehistoric times. Stone tool making, fire building, edible and useful plants, primitive weapon construction, atlatl throwing, and more will all be included.

 

PARK FOLIAGE HIKE  (9 yrs. - adult) Saturday October 28,  1:00 - 4:30 p.m.  This is a naturalist-guided 3 1/2 - 4 mile hike taking on the park's natural and historic areas, and several interesting and remote sections of the park during the fall foliage season.  Wear sturdy footwear.  Bring drinking water, a snack and a pair of binoculars.

October Programs at the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park

The following is a list of activities being offered through the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. These events are available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, home school groups and other groups are scheduled via phone call by special arrangement. Some of these events will require advanced registration as indicated below.  Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated. In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled.  It is always advisable to call ahead before coming out.  Phone: (609) 737-0609

BACKYARD ASTRONOMY (preteens – adults)  Friday October 3, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. This class will acquaint participants with the celestial sphere and its coordinates, sky maps, constellations/asterisms, and the popular objects viewable from our night sky such as planets and moons, stars, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae, comets, and our Milky Way galaxy. Presented by David Letcher, Gene Ramsey, and Larry Kane of the Amateur Astronomers’ Assoc. of Princeton, the class will be followed by a session of night sky observation at the adjacent AAAP observatory, weather permitting. This presentation will be the first installment of a four-session astronomy seminar to be continued on the following three consecutive Friday evenings (10/10, 10/17 and 10/24). AAAP will issue a certificate of attendance for anyone who participates in all four sessions. Enter the park from the entrance on Bear Tavern Rd (Phillips Farm/ Group Camping Entrance) and follow the event signs to the Nature Center. Advanced registration required.

BIKE HIKE  (pre-teens - adult) Saturday October 4, 1:00 p.m.  Take a guided bicycle ride up the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath toward the Lambertville wing dam (approx. 13 mile round trip). Meet at the Nelson House parking lot. Bring your own bike and helmet. Advanced registration required. Call the Nature Center at (609) 737-0609.

TELESCOPES FOR AMATEURS (pre-teen - adult) Friday October 10, 7:30 p.m. This session will trace the historical development of the telescope.  We will also describe the types of telescopes and eyepieces used by amateurs as well as their important properties such as aperture, focal ratio, magnification, and telescope mounts.  The use of binoculars will be described.  Mention will also be made as to which type of telescope is most useful for observing the sun, moon, and planets, as well as stars and star clusters, and deep-sky objects like nebulae and galaxies.. Instructor: David W. Letcher, Amateur Astronomers’ Assoc. of Princeton. Advanced registration required. Enter the park  at the Phillips Farm (group camping) entrance on Bear Tavern Rd. Meet at Nature Center.

PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGIES WEEKEND (all ages)  Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12, 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Archaeologists and primitive technologists from throughout the region will be on hand demonstrating and discussing a variety of primitive skills that local Native Americans and indigenous people from throughout the world practiced in prehistoric times. Stone tool making, edible and useful plants, primitive weapon construction, atlatl throwing, and more will all be included.

THE SOLAR SYSTEM (pre-teen – adult) Friday October 17, 7:30 p.m. This class will describe the objects found in the solar system.  These include the sun, the planets and their moons, asteroids, comets, and meteoroids.  Eclipses, both lunar and solar will be explained and described. Instructor: David W. Letcher, Amateur Astronomers’ Assoc. of Princeton. Advanced registration required. Enter the park  at the Phillips Farm (group camping) entrance on Bear Tavern Rd. Meet at Nature Center.

STARS, STAR CLUSTERS, AND GALAXIES (pre-teen - adult)  Friday October 24, 7:30 p.m. This fourth session of the astronomy seminar will describe the magnitude, distances, and parallax of stars plus the types of star clusters we can see, both open and globular.  The session will conclude with a description of the types and locations of galaxies and nebulae we can view from our backyard. Instructor: David W. Letcher, Amateur Astronomers’ Assoc. of Princeton. Advanced registration required. Enter the park  at the Phillips Farm (group camping) entrance on Bear Tavern Rd. Meet at Nature Center.

 

NATIVE AMERICANS OF THE AREA OF THE PARK (all ages) Saturday October 25, 1:00 p.m. Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum will discuss primitive stone tool use by Native Americans in central New Jersey. Emphasis will be on the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the autumn season, focusing on the activities of fall hunting, gathering and religious ceremonies. The program will include a slide presentation and Native American artifacts will be on display. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis

PARK FOLIAGE HIKE  (9 yrs. - adult) Sunday October 26,  1:30 - 4:30 p.m.  This is a naturalist-guided 3 1/2 - 4 mile hike taking on the park’s natural and historic areas, and several interesting and remote sections of the park during the fall foliage season.  Wear sturdy footwear.  Bring drinking water, a snack and a pair of binoculars.


Astronomy Seminar

    The Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton (AAAP) will be offering an astronomy seminar over the course of four consecutive Friday evenings at the Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center in Titusville this October. The seminar will be conducted by David W. Letcher and assisted by Gene Ramsey both of AAAP. The seminar will commence at 7:30 p.m. on Friday October 3, (Backyard Astronomy) and will follow on Fridays October 10, (Telescopes for Amateurs) October 17, (The Solar System) and October 24, (Stars, Star Clusters, and Galaxies). An optional Saturday will be scheduled during daylight hours at a later date for solar observing. Each Friday class will consist of a lecture/discussion augmented with contemporary photographs and videos that illustrate ideas and concepts of the science of astronomy. The classes at the Nature Center will be one hour in duration and will be followed with demonstrations at the adjacent AAAP Simpson Observatory as weather permits. Access to the Nature Center and the observatory will be via the Phillips Farm/ soccer fields/group camping entrance on Bear Tavern Rd., since the park’s main entrance will be closed when the classes begin. Advanced registration is required for each session. To register, call the Nature Center at (609) 737-0609. Class size is limited and registration will be available on a first come, first served basis. AAAP will issue a certificate of completion for anyone who attends all four classes. The seminar will be designed for participants at the pre-teen – adult level. For further information, call the Nature Center at the phone number listed above. Washington Crossing State Park is located in Hopewell Twp., NJ.

Primitive Technologies Weekend

     The Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park will sponsor Primitive Technologies Weekend on Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend. Have you ever wondered how your ancestors obtained and prepared foods and medicines, made shelter, built fires or crafted weapons and tools and other necessities of life? Come out to the WCSP Nature Center on October 11, and October 12, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to participate in a unique event. Volunteers will be on site demonstrating a variety of primitive skills and survival techniques. The program will be ongoing throughout the afternoon and will include a popular atlatl contest on Sunday in which participants will be able to try their hand in the use of a primitive projectile-throwing weapon that predates the bow and arrow.  Admission is free and open to all comers. Follow the signs to the Nature Center. If the parking lot is full, follow the “overflow parking” signs back to the group campsites and park there. Washington Crossing State Park is located in Hopewell Twp. at 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ.

 

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